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Feline Health and Behavior Coordinator
Job Relationship: Reports to Animal Care Manager. Works collaboratively with Animal Initiatives Manager and assists Animal Care Technicians and Volunteers assigned to Animal Care. Works in cooperation with all staff and volunteers while following the HSWC Standards of Professional Conduct.
Position Summary: Manages feline population health and enrichment to ensure quality health and behavior needs of all felines being cared for under the HSWC. Trains, coaches and develops staff and volunteers in order to meet agency goals. Provides quality, safe, humane animal and people care in accordance with HSWC mission, goals and management philosophy.
Please submit your application and resume by May 27, 2016 if you are interested.
Duties and Responsibilities
Animal Health and Shelter Flow
- Conducts daily rounds and closely monitors the feline population in order to maintain the integrity of the HSWC’s adoption program and goal of zero euthanasia of adoptable animals.
- Alerts Animal Care Manager to potential population crisis, disease epidemics, or other factors that may compromise shelter herd health.
- Performs animal euthanasia and mentors staff learning euthanasia protocols and procedure.
- Oversees the evaluation of felines on a daily basis and makes selections for surgery, fast tracking, feline-ality, barn cats, foster or adoption ready.
- Make euthanasia recommendations to appointed manager of any untreatable, unmanageable cats that have no alternative outcomes.
- Oversees animals housed under bite quarantine with regard to internal and state requirements and enrichment.
- Ensures animals entering the shelter are evaluated, treated, and altered prior to placement on the adoption floor.
- Ensures blood work, dental exams and other preventative care is provided as needed to felines placed in adoption program.
- Oversees feline selection for offsite adoptions, catio and resort.
- Ensure spay/neuter and other medical procedures are performed efficiently on a timely basis.
- Ensures handle able felines are received within 24 hours of intake.
- Alerts Animal Care Manager/Marketing Coordinator to special needs cases for potential public relations or direct mail fundraising.
- Ensures the appropriate safety equipment is available for staff and that staff are aware of its location.
- Ensures cleaning and medical supplies are well stocked and works collaboratively with Animal Care Manager & Facilities Manager if items need to be ordered.
- Acts as a liaison with Field Services to monitor status of impounded felines.
- Meets monthly/annual goals
- Actively participates in Animal Initiative, Standards of Care, and Animal Care meetings.
- Collaborates with Animal Care Manager and Medical Director about feline health and treatments.
- Works with Animal Care Manager to manage fiscal budget and research proposals for grants.
- Collaborates with other staff to assist with offsite adoption events
Feline Behavior, Enrichment and Training
- Able to train staff and volunteers on Feline-ality and cat clicker training
- Actively research and implement different feline enrichment and trainings to meet standards of care goals.
- Collaborate with Foster Care Manager and Animal Care Manager on foster animal clinics, health needs, treatment plans and behavior rehabilitations.
- Able to train staff and volunteers how to properly feed and care for neonatal kittens while remaining conscientious of disease control prevention.
- In collaboration with the Animal Care Manager, ensures staff are properly trained on safe, humane handling of felines.
- Promotes communication and cooperation.
- Provides staff and volunteers with guidance and promotes professional development.
- Is visible to staff, communicates with Animal Care Manager and VP of Operations on significant developments within the agency.
- Ensures that policies and procedures are being followed.
- Is flexible with scheduling and is available when away from the facility as needed to meet the needs of the organization.
- Maintains necessary records and generates accurate monthly and yearly statistical reports pertaining to programs.
- Monitors accuracy of records and controls supplies used by the department.
- Assists staff in situations requiring immediate problem solving.
- Able to assist Animal Care Technicians with basic coverage of animal needs when understaffed or during inclement weather
Qualifications: High school diploma or equivalent: previous supervisory experience; experience in animal behavior, health, handling and breed identification. Must possess a valid Driver’s License and insurable driving record.
Knowledge and Skills: Excellent communication and leadership skills. Detail-orientated and able to make decisions regarding the welfare of animals. Exercises good judgment when dealing with the public, staff and volunteers. Committed to maintaining the integrity of the HSWCs adoption program and the mission of the HSWC. Ability to perform and assist staff in animal euthanasia.
Working Conditions: Work is performed in a normal shelter setting. Exposure to high noise levels when in kennel area. Subject to animals bites and scratches. Handle animals of questionable health and temperament. Occasional lifting of up to 50 pounds with reasonable accommodation. Standing on feet for 8 – 10 hours per day. Computer usage. Some risk of exposure to chemicals and zoonotic diseases and parasites with personal protective equipment provided. Some weekends and holidays required.
Animal Care Technician
The Duties and Responsibilities of the ACT include but are not limited to:
1. Providing prompt and courteous first point of contact for clients while showing adoptable animals – from small mammals to livestock.
2. Minimizing disease transmission by maintaining high standards of cleanliness of all animal and public areas.
3. Following all protocols to provide basic care to all animals including but not limited to:
Medical care and treatments
Disinfection and Disease Control
Behavior and Training
Rabies Clinics and Adoption Events
4. Maintain proper opening and closing procedures for the facility.
1. Ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment
2. Candidates must be able to work both independently and collaboratively
3. Strong attention to detail and client service skills
4. Strong oral and written communication skills
5. Ability to operate animal care vehicles including vans, box truck, and horse trailer.
6. Availability to work daytime, evenings, weekends, and holidays
7. Formal animal care experience a plus
8. Candidates must be committed to treating animals with kindness and respect
9. Assist with inventory and restocking supplies.
10. Report all damage and needed repairs for equipment or facility to the ACM or their designee.
11. Transport animals to various locations as needed following standard state laws.
12. Deal with conflicts, questions, and problems in a professional manner and with consideration for the good of the organization.
13. Follow the HSWC Standards of Conduct.
14. Ensure shelter, storage areas, animal housing areas, and prep room area are neat and orderly.
15. Ensure ACM or their designee is aware of animals in need of medical care.
16. Perform humane euthanasia and prepare bodies for rabies testing as directed (when trained)
17. Filling in for other areas and performing other tasks/functions as directed by the ACM or their designee.
18. Follow all procedures established to maintain a safe work environment including using Personnel Protective Equipment (PPE), safe animal and chemical handling, reporting all near misses and accidents
19. All other duties as assigned.
QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty and task satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
EMPLOYMENT DISCLAIMER: This job description is not a contract – management reserves the right to change its contents at any time. This organization complies with the guidelines set forth in the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, disability, or status as a disabled veteran or veteran of the Vietnam era. This organization is an Equal Opportunity Employer
The Humane Society of Washington County is an Equal Opportunity Employer and a 501 © (3) non-profit. We are not a county agency and have no county employees.
The HSWC is a tobacco free facility.
The HSWC complies with the guidelines set forth in the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, disability, or status as a disabled veteran or veteran of the Vietnam era. The HSWC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.